Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines
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When you consult printed resources for research purposes...
it is important to know the difference between scholarly and popular information. The lists below should help you make the distinction.
- Popular Magazines
- not peer reviewed
glossy advertisements, commercialized ads
general topic, human interest
lower reading level (general public)
publishing guidelines without specific format
few, if any citations
more opinion oriented (bias)
read at leisure, self-help
written by journalists
published more frequently
Examples of Popular Magazines
- Scholarly Journals
- peer reviewed
specialized audience (more complex, extensive vocabulary)
style-publishing guidelines (more structured)
lengthier bibliography list
more factual, objective, scientific information
read for school work, more serious
written by scholars
published less frequently
Examples of Scholarly Journals
- Can you tell the difference?
Now that you know how to distinguish a scholarly journal from a popular magazine, test your mastery by taking this multiple-choice quiz.